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General Electric appoints Brenda Mbathi as East Africa CEO

March 31, 2019 • Company News, East Africa, PeopleComments Off on General Electric appoints Brenda Mbathi as East Africa CEO

General Electric has announced the appointment of Brenda Mbathi as the Chief Executive Officer for East Africa. In her role, Brenda will play a pivotal role in steering the next phase of strategy and growth for General Electric in East African markets, excluding Ethiopia which shall continue to be led by Daniel Hailu, CEO, GE [&hellip...

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Diseases cost Africa $2.4 trillion a year, says WHO

March 29, 2019 • East Africa, Healthcare, Top StoriesComments Off on Diseases cost Africa $2.4 trillion a year, says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly 630 million years of healthy life were lost in 2015 due to the diseases afflicting the population across its 47 Member States in Africa, now amounting to a loss of more than 2.4 trillion international...

Rwanda’s President Kagame, open to drive digitisation in Africa

March 27, 2019 • Digital Transformation, East Africa, Finance, Top StoriesComments Off on Rwanda’s President Kagame, open to drive digitisation in Africa

Rwandan President, Paul Kagame and Globacom’s Executive Vice Chairman, Mrs Bella Disu, on Monday, March 25 began discussions on the use of digital technology to help the march towards economic prosperity in Africa. The two leaders held a private meeting...

280 Somali youth graduate from an intensive skills training programme

280 Somali youth graduate from an intensive skills training programme

March 26, 2019 • Careers, East AfricaComments Off on 280 Somali youth graduate from an intensive skills training programme

As part of the Somalia Strengthening Institutions for Public Works Project RAJO (SSIPWP) and Youth Employment Somalia (YES), 280 young Somali women and men have graduated from three months of comprehensive training which included four key components namely;...

GESF2019: Tanzanian start-up announced as winner of Next Billion Ed-Tech Prize

March 26, 2019 • East Africa, Education, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on GESF2019: Tanzanian start-up announced as winner of Next Billion Ed-Tech Prize

Tanzanian start-up Ubongo, a localised educational media platform that reaches millions of families through accessible technologies, has won the ‘Next Billion’ Edtech Prize launched by The Varkey Foundation to recognise the most innovative...

Intellectual property protection vital in digital world says Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab appoints new Enterprise Sales Manager

March 26, 2019 • East Africa, People, SecurityComments Off on Kaspersky Lab appoints new Enterprise Sales Manager

Bethwel Opil has been appointed as the Enterprise Sales Manager for Kaspersky Lab in Kenya. The appointment will see Opil continue to support and grow strong market alignment for the Kaspersky Lab brand locally with particular focus on the East African...

Tax reform, digitisation key to financing development

March 25, 2019 • Digital Transformation, East Africa, Finance, North Africa, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Tax reform, digitisation key to financing development

Africa must digitise its economies, broaden its tax base, prevent further deterioration of fiscal and debt positions, and aim for double-digit growth to achieve the UN 2030 global goals (SDGs), and the AU Agenda 2063 according to the 2019 Economic Report on...

GESF2019 leads the conversation on the global learning crisis

March 24, 2019 • East Africa, Education, Top StoriesComments Off on GESF2019 leads the conversation on the global learning crisis

The seventh annual Global Education & Skills Forum (GESF 2019), a Varkey Foundation initiative, opened at The Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, UAE on Saturday, March 23. Under the theme “Who is changing the world?” GESF 2019 brought together more than 2,200...

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Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Twitter account hacked

March 22, 2019 • East Africa, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Twitter account hacked

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has this morning deactivated his official Twitter account (@UKenyatta) just moments after a controversial tweet went out regarding the war against graft. On Friday, 22 March 2019, Uhuru Kenyatta tweeted that he was not going...

Trump’s proposed budget slashes Kenya’s aid funding

March 16, 2019 • East Africa, FinanceComments Off on Trump’s proposed budget slashes Kenya’s aid funding

The United States is set to reduce aid funds given to Kenya by more than 50 percent in the 2020 financial year that begins in October. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget issued on Monday calls for deep cuts in aid to Kenya as part of an overall...

Kenya gets clean energy boost

March 15, 2019 • East Africa, Mining & EnergyComments Off on Kenya gets clean energy boost

The Department for International Development’s Transforming Energy Access programme has already helped people and businesses across Africa cut 2 million tonnes of carbon emissions and improve the lives of 3.2 million low-income people. It has also leveraged...

Rwandan entrepreneurs benefit from Alibaba training programme

March 14, 2019 • East Africa, Education, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Rwandan entrepreneurs benefit from Alibaba training programme

Alibaba Business School, Alibaba Group’s university, last week hosted 30 Rwanda-based entrepreneurs at the company’s global headquarter in Hanghzou to learn from Alibaba’s experience and the tools needed to run successful business in the digital era....

Huawei set to roll out Y6 Prime device in Kenya

March 13, 2019 • East Africa, Gadgets and Gaming, Top StoriesComments Off on Huawei set to roll out Y6 Prime device in Kenya

The Huawei Y6 Prime 2019 is set to be the Chinese device maker’s second budget smartphone to be launched in the country this year, after the launch of another Y-series smartphone, the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019. When it launches next week, the Huawei Y6 Prime...

Nigerian and Tanzanian students lead Huawei's ICT competition

Nigerian and Tanzanian students lead Huawei’s ICT competition

March 12, 2019 • East Africa, General, West AfricaComments Off on Nigerian and Tanzanian students lead Huawei’s ICT competition

Students from Nigeria and Tanzania were the overall joint winners of this year’s Sub Saharan regional finals of Huawei’s global ICT Competition. The winners were announced at the Huawei regional headquarter in Woodmead, Johannesburg. Together with...

MTN Group announces changes to the Board and establishment of International Advisory Board

Rwanda: MTN accelerates growth, delivers on dividend

March 11, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Rwanda: MTN accelerates growth, delivers on dividend

MTN Group, the parent company of MTN Rwanda, last week, announced its financial results for the year 2018 which ended December, promising its investors that it was committed to improve its financial performance in the medium term period. The South African...

Kenya: Google launches women’s initiative to celebrate International Women’s Day

March 9, 2019 • East AfricaComments Off on Kenya: Google launches women’s initiative to celebrate International Women’s Day

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Google has today announced the launch of its’ Women Will initiative in Kenya. The program is designed to create economic opportunities for women by connecting them to digital skills and mentorship....